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If you want to stay healthy there are basically two rules: exercise, and eat a balanced diet.

The tech world has no shortage of solutions for the exercise part. Our very own Lifelog app helps monitor activity via your smartphone and wearable tech like SmartWatch 3 means you don’t have to have your phone with you to stay informed.

Well now a new service from our Internet of Things team has just landed which can analyse and feedback on meals simply with a picture taken on a smartphone, using deep learning technology.

Here’s how it works:

1. First off, you identify the food you want to analyse. Straightforward enough

2. Take a picture

3. Sony Mobile’s Meal Image Analysis software will then recognise the food and offer an in-depth analysis of it

4. Based on your previous logs, personal goals, and so on, the service can offer advice personalised to your diet

It’s launching in Japan as part of a new solution called Work Performance Plus. The idea is that Sony Mobile works with businesses to help their employees stay in touch with their lifestyle and diet to help combat the health issues associated with office life (grabbing food on the go, sitting down for much of the day etc.)

In the meantime, if you’re more interested in counting ‘likes’ than calories, check out our smartphone guide to photographing food with Instagram heavyweight David Loftus.